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Adoptable dog : teaching your adopted pet to obey, trust, and love you
Ross, John.
Adult Nonfiction SF431 .R648 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Authors of three other books on pets, including Puppy Preschool, Ross and McKinney know that many people want to adopt homeless dogs, and here outline the advantages and disadvantages. Adopting, the authors say, is generally cheaper than going to a breeder, but important details such as the health of the animal, its background and its behavior may be hard to come by when the animal comes from a humane society, shelter or rescue group. A puppy from a breeder will often already be trained, while the person who is adopting needs to do some research into the dog's background. In considering which animal, if any, will be the right fit, the authors encourage readers to think about such issues as the size of the house, whether they can afford veterinary care, temperament of the family and whether neighbors would mind a dog's barking. The rest of the book is primarily devoted to training issues such as disciplining and handling dogs who have been abused. This is a useful book that should be read by people before they start looking at dogs and "falling in love" with a particular one. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Every year approximately 2.5 million dogs are adopted from shelters. Many of them are older dogs with behavioral problems, including housebreaking accidents, excessive barking, biting, mouthing, separation anxiety, and the scars of abuse. Professional dog trainers Ross and McKinney (Dog Talk; Puppy Preschool) have written a comprehensive and comprehensible guide for the lay reader who wants to turn the adopted shelter dog into a well-behaved family pet. The authors cover such topics as evaluating a shelter dog as a prospective pet, equipment, grooming, housebreaking, loose leash walking, and basic obedience commands: sit, down, come, and stay. The training methods involve learning the canine perspective and using it to shape behavior and correct inappropriate responses. Recommended for public libraries that do not already own Gwen Bailey's Adopt the Perfect Dog, Carol Lea Benjamin's Second-Hand Dog, and Nona Kilgore Bauer's Adopting a Great Dog, which are similar in scope.-Florence Scarinci, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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